Fire safety targets seniors
The city’s fire chief kicked of Safety Awareness Month, which focuses on senior citizens this year, at an East York building where two seniors died in fires recently.
June is fire safety month and this year Toronto Fire Services has teamed up with Toronto Community Housing — which has 22 complexes dedicated to senior living — to keep things safe.
“People over 65 are twice as likely to be injured in a fire and we are determined to change that,” Chief Matthew Pegg said Thursday outside Greenwood Towers, near Danforth and Greenwood Aves., where two seniors have died in accidental smoking fires in the last six months.
The TFS will be going door-to-door at the TCH independent seniors’ building as well as providing educational sessions focusing on safe cooking and smoking, candle and electrical safety, the need for escape plans for those with special needs and information on smoke and CO alarms.
“Tenant safety is a top priority for Toronto Community Housing, which is why we have enhanced our proactive fire life safety program across our portfolio,” said Kathy Milsom, president of TCH.
“In TCH buildings the majority of fires are caused by human behaviour, which makes awareness and education so important,” she said.
TFS has also partnered with Toronto Public Libraries to ensure fire safety information is available in the 98 library branches.